from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The second letter of the Greek alphabet. See Table at alphabet.
- n. The second item in a series or system of classification.
- n. A mathematical measure of the sensitivity of rates of return on a portfolio or a given stock compared with rates of return on the market as a whole. A beta of 1.0 indicates that an asset closely follows the market; a beta greater than 1.0 indicates greater volatility than the market.
- n. Physics A beta particle.
- n. Physics A beta ray.
- n. Chemistry The second position from a designated carbon atom in an organic molecule at which an atom or a radical may be substituted.
- n. Chemistry An isomeric variation of a chemical compound. Used in combination: beta-estradiol.
- n. Computer Science A beta version.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Identifying a molecular position in an organic chemical compound.
- adj. Designates the second in an order of precedence.
- adj. Preliminary; prerelease. Refers to an incomplete version of a product released for initial testing.
- adj. associated with the beta male/female archetype.
- n. The name of the second letter of the Greek alphabet (Β, β), preceded by alpha (Α, α) and followed by gamma, (Γ, γ). In modern Greek it represents the voiced labiodental fricative sound of v found in the English words have and vase.
- n. Used in marking scheme: α, β, γ or α+, α, α-, β etc.
- n. Average sensitivity of a security's price to overall securities market prices.
- n. The phase of development after alpha testing and before launch, in which software, while not complete, has been released to potential users for testing.
- n. A computer program in such phase; a preliminary version.
- n. Information about a route which may aid someone in climbing it.
- n. A beta particle or beta ray.
- n. A beta fish, of the genus Betta.
- n. A beta male.
- v. To preliminarily release computer software for initial testing prior to final release.
- v. To proofread a text, especially fan fiction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The second letter of the Greek alphabet, B, β. See b, and cf. etymology of alphabet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of apetalous plants, natural order Chenopodiaceæ. See beet.
- n. The second letter of the Greek alphabet, corresponding to English B or b.
- n. As a classifier in astronomy, chemistry, etc., the second in any series. See alpha, 3.
- n. A genus of dicotyledonous plants belonging to the family Chenopodiaceæ.
- n. In the Fiji Islands, a plant of the ginger family, Zinziber Zerumbet. See awapuhi.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. beets
- adj. second in order of importance
- n. the 2nd letter of the Greek alphabet
- adj. preliminary or testing stage of a software or hardware product
The new version plays on Windows, MacOS and Linux, and, while still in beta, is far more stable and robust.
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"We have a unique definition of the term beta, but it basically amounts to products meeting very high internal standards," Kovacs said.
I have heard that the beta is available to folks who bought the last Counterstrike game.
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There was what he called a beta copy made by the Dr. Phil show.
Q&A format as well as moving forth into social search by launching what it calls the beta version of "new Ask. com" site, focusing on its proprietary technology designed for Q&A.
As I've said in my prepared remarks, we're quite proud of the fact that against what we call a beta headwind, we were able to deliver alpha results to our investors, and look forward to talking to you next quarter.
"Our store's what you call a beta," Biggs says of the Wichita Bossa Grill.
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